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Too late for bloom boosting?

This is a discussion on Too late for bloom boosting? within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Once a plant starts to spike, is it too late to use a bloom boosting ...

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    Default Too late for bloom boosting?

    Once a plant starts to spike, is it too late to use a bloom boosting ballanced fertilizer to improve the flowers?

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    Well, I've never tried it... but if I am using a bloom formula at that time I do continue using it through the bloom period.

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    I'm with Diane - earlier fertilizing will certainly set up fert levels for optimal blooms, but there's no harm in carrying it all the way through blooming.

    Personally, I'm not a fan of timing ferts. I don't use the bloom boosters at all.
    If you get the media and watering right, and you fert dilutely with the right trace elements, the plant will go bananas when it does bloom.

    Make it happiest in its element - understanding its down time, if there is any, and don't worry about huffing up the blooms with extra fert. The right amount of water will do more!


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